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Series title
Authority control
Year of publication
Place of publication
Page overview
(Reusing this file)



This template is used to provide formatting to the basic information about books and should be used in place of {{information}} when a set of images (either multiple files or a single DjVu or PDF) comprise the full text of a book.

This template will categorize into Cat:Book templates., if used in a template.


|Series title=
|Image page=


Parameter name Description Default value required or optional?

Author book's author or authors. If author is anonymous then write anonymous or unbekannt. If multiple authors then write various authors or verschiedene and provide Editor name using separate parameter. If possible create and use a creator template for the author providing identifying information and linking it with wikipedia and wikisource pages. empty optional
Translator book's translator or translators. See Author description for preferred format. empty optional
Editor book's editor or editors. See Author description for preferred format. empty optional
Illustrator book's illustrator or illustrators. See Author description for preferred format. empty optional
Title title of the book. Some titles of very old books tend to be long, and are often split into the main title plus subtitle. In such a case please use Subtitle field. empty optional
Subtitle Subtitle of the book empty optional
Series title If book is a part of the series then provide series title. empty optional
Volume If book has multiple volumes then provide volume number. empty optional
Edition edition number empty optional
Publisher book's publisher empty optional
Printer book's printer empty optional
Date Year of book publication. Use {{other date}} for approximate dates. empty optional
City Place of publication, usually city. If possible use {{city}} or one of autotranslated city templates (see Category:Multilingual tags: Locations). Can also use links to a gallery or Wikipedia article. empty optional
Language language of the book (most of the time, but not always ISO codes). See http://svn.wikimedia.org/viewvc/mediawiki/trunk/extensions/cldr/ for details. Do not use the {{language}} template, it is already coded into this template. empty optional
Description description of the book. Please use multilingual templates like {{en|}}. empty optional
Source information about where the source of the files in the category. Usually name of the user or the institution that scanned the book with a link to the download page if possible. Source should always be specified and books without source will be tagged with {{Source missing}} template. empty optional
Permission license (such as {{PD-old-100}} or {{PD/1923|1912}}); used for pdf and DjVu files where the entire book is a single file. When creating book templates (for a group of images that are uploaded as separate files) leave this blank, as each file should use license template directly. empty optional
Image image representing the book. Usually the front page or the cover. For multi-image pdf and DjVu files this is simply the filename. Omit "File:". empty optional
Image page Page number of the image representing the book. Usually the front page or the cover. Used for multipage pdf and DjVu images. empty optional
Pageoverview field used to show page number, number of pages or possibly add links to all the pages. Different derivative templates used this field differently: empty optional
Wikisource link to related Wikisource page. Use s:en:Main Page notation. eg.: |Wikisource=s:en:Three Books of Occult Philosophy empty optional
Homecat Used only when template:Book is used to create other templates, usually templates for specific books. Homecat (Home category) will categorize the book template without categorizing images using it. In order to auto-categorize images as well use separate {{Book/AutoCategory}} template. If Homecat is missing or points to non-existing category than template is added to Category:Book templates without home category. To avoid that use "Homecat=~". empty optional
Other_versions Other versions of this same document on Commons, this can be used for files in a different format, or other editions of the same text. empty optional
other_fields Additional table fields. Easiest way to use it is through {{Information field|name=Field Name|value=Field Value}}. There are also other_fields_1, other_fields_2, and other_fields_3 for placing fields in other locations. empty optional
ISBN International Standard Book Number empty optional
LCCN Library of Congress Control Number: Authority data from the Library of Congress. empty optional
OCLC Title authority data from Online Computer Library Center. empty optional

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: all namespaces

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users

Relies on:
{{language}}, {{city}}, {{ISOdate}}, {{Anonymous}}, {{Author}}

See also

{{Information}}, {{Artwork}}, {{Musical work}}


This template is localized by utilizing MediaWiki namespace messages. These can be translated at translatewiki.net (current translations).

Example usage

For example the source code of the book description at Category:Geometria by Augustin Hirschvogel is:

| Author = Augustin Hirschvogel
| Date = 1543
| Image = Fotothek df tg 0003618 Geometrie ^ Architektur ^ Perspektive ^ Polyeder.jpg
| Language = German
| Source = Scan of original book from [[:de:Deutsche Fotothek|Deutsche Fotothek]]
| Subtitle = Das Bvch Geometria ist mein Namen, All Freye Kvnst Avs Zvm Ersten Kamen, Ich Bring Architectvra vnd Perspectiva zvsamen
| Title = Geometria

For an example of the usage on a multi-image DjVu file see the implementation at: File:Three Books of Occult Philosophy (De Occulta Philosophia) (1651).djvu, the code follows:

|Author={{creator:Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim}}
|Translator={{creator:John French}}
|Title=Three Books of Occult Philosophy
|Series title=
|Publisher=Gregory Moule
|Description={{en|Original 1651 English translation by [[John French (physician)|John French]] of [[w:De occulta philosophia libri tres|De occulta philosophia libra III (Three Books of Occult Philosophy)]] by [[w:Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa|Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa]]}}
|Source=http://archive.lib.msu.edu/AFS/dmc/arts/public/all/threebooksoccult/ANL.pdf [[w:Michigan State University|Michigan State University]] Libraries: [http://digital.lib.msu.edu/collections/index.cfm?TitleID=247 Digital Collections] individual pages are also available as .GIFs from the same source
|Image=Three Books of Occult Philosophy (De Occulta Philosophia) (1651).djvu
|Image page=5
|Wikisource=s:en:Three Books of Occult Philosophy
| Other_versions = [[:File:De Occulta Philosophia Libri III (1533).djvu|De Occulta Philosophia libri III (1533)]] (Latin); [[:File:Magische Werke (De Occulta Philosophia) (1855).djvu|Magische Werke (Book II) (1855)]] (German)  

the same format would work with a multi-image pdf.